Happy Lador Day to all my fellow Americans! Hope you guys are enjoying this day off and are spending it outdoors at a BBQ, the beach, or maybe even flying a kite. I however, am doing none of those, since Ninja is of course, working. Boo.
Anyway, I know it’s bee a while since I’ve done one of the Sound Off Monday posts, but man do I have something I really need to get off of my chest.
Tongue patch surgery for extreme weight loss – anyone ever heard of it? Apparently it’s a new weight loss procedure on the rise. Please read the article FIRST so that you can understand my bewilderment and hatred. Here’s a quick run down though,
- you get fitted with a piece of plastic mesh the size of a postage stamp on your tongue
- this makes eating solid food painful, if not completely impossible
- procedure takes 10 minutes and costs $2000
- the average weight loss is 18-20 pounds during the month the patch is on
- you can only eat and drink liquids – about 800 calories worth
I think I summoned all the juicy stuff up for you guys. Soooooo?
ARE WE GOING FREAKING INSANE?! What in the hell is happening to us women (the 2 patients in the article were women)! Is forcing ourselves to eat nothing but protein shakes and other liquids really the only possible way for us to lose weight?
I have so many issues with this procedure, but here are my main thoughts:
- You are basically creating an eating disorder. For a month you become so scared of solid food and the pain you will get if you eat any, that even after the patch is removed, you may have developed a fear of solid food all together, and choose to stay on a liquid/low calorie diet.
- The diet plan is about 800 calories a day. Can people really function on that for an entire month? I can barely eat like that for a day without getting dizzy, snappy, and exhausted. How is a mom, a student, or a business professional supposed to function?
- This plan teaches nothing about health. The only focus here is weight loss. Do they even care how you eat after you have the patch removed? Do they counsel you on any sort of eating habits? Do they help you deal emotionally with what you are going through during that month? No, they don’t.
I understand, as a woman who was once fearful of getting into a wedding dress, that weight loss can consume you. I understand that it can be all you think and care about. BUT THIS?! Am I the only one who looks at this as disgusting and barbaric, and not as an opportunity to look good in a bikini?
NOTE: My posts may become sporadic again, because the heat here in LA is literally frying my brain. I got all of 2 hours of sleep Friday and Saturday night, and skipped church Sunday so that I could sleep, but it’s still too hot. And without air conditioning, I’m basically just covering myself in wet clothes and ice packs trying to cool down. When heat comes around, Kat shuts down!
Sound Off: What do you think about the article?
Does it make you angry? Sad? Upset?